9/11 memory is now a 3-act opera and a love story
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9/11 memory is now a 3-act opera and a love story

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Patrons of the art of opera can now see an opera based on 9/11, "Heart of a Soldier," if they attend the performances in San Francisco. Having a voice of resilience, a forum fitting a subject for an opera is a healthy trend, and turning 9/11 into a three-act opera allows voices to speak to that event in a forum set to music based on this true story.

The 9/11 opera is based on how one real person dealt with the situation by focusing on responsibility out of love of humankind by saving others even when it meant laying down his life for strangers. It's about what it means to be a soldier of any description, serving society and how this love story affects others in your life. The opera also is written as a love story. See the site, War Memorial Opera House.

That's the theme fitting for a full three-act opera. The event of 9/11 is now an opera, "Heart of a Soldier." Is this a therapeutic and healthy trend? The opera explores what it means to be a soldier – of any kind, and the script/play/opera and music also have been written as a love story. Many operas have similar themes, but for 9/11, it is a forum. Artists have given a voice to this forum with a fitting theme--a traditional-type opera.

Would you remember the life of Rick Rescorla, who was head of security for Morgan Stanley at Two World Trade Center on 9/11, and that of his wife and a close friend if there was not an opera about this hero of 9/11? The opera based on one man's 9/11 story highlights and complements local events around tributes and memorials on the 10thanniversary of 9/11. In San Francisco, people can attend this opera based on how 9/11 affected one man's relationships, friends, and memories. The theme, the forum is about a hero's work, and that's the theme of operas. It's a healthy trend to find a voice, a forum for expression through opera.

The opera, reviewed in the September 5, 2011 Sacramento Bee in the article, 9/11 heroes inspired opera debuting in SF, will be performed in San Francisco. Also see the site, Opera Based on 9/11 Hero Will Be Performed in San Francisco.

To calm people, Rescorla sang a Cornish ballad through a bullhorn to help people focus on their exodus. And when he was done with the evacuation, he sealed his fate by re-entering the doomed building to rescue others, according to the Sacramento Bee article.

Rescorla was a Vietnam veteran, as was his longtime friend Dan J. Hill, whose character will be sung by tenor William Burden. Soprano Melody Moore takes on the role of Rescorla's wife, Susan. Why writing an opera is a healthy trend is because of its therapeutic creation within the artistic community of California composers, playwrights, artists, singers, and musicians. The act of writing an opera is teamwork that brings alive the memory. Check out the site, The Opera | Rick Rescorla Memorial.

The 10th anniversary of the World Trade Center towers' falling on Sept. 11, 2001, is approaching. But the memory rises again with a full opera presesnted by the San Francisco Opera to commemorate the date with the world premiere of an opera, "Heart of a Soldier" based on what happened that day.

Christopher Theofanidis wrote the three-act opera, "Heart of a Soldier." An opera about 9/11 opens up raw subject matter. Its world premiere is scheduled at the War Memorial Opera house, 301 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, 8 p.m. Saturday and Sept. 27 and 30; 2 p.m. Sept. 18 and 24, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 13 and 21. The opera, commissioned by San Francisco Opera general director David Gockley, is described by the company as as a tale of "war, love and heroism."

Rick Rescorla, was one of the 3,000 Americans murdered by terrorists on 9/11/01. Rick was Vice President of Security for Morgan-Stanley/Dean-Witter, the largest tenant in the World Trade Center. His heroic actions on the day of the attack, along with his extraordinary foresight and preparation, saved the lives of 2,700 people.

His story has been told on television and radio – in newspapers and magazines – and in the book Heart Of A Soldier, by Pulitzer Prize winner James B. Stewart. Rick is also on the cover of another book, We Were Soldiers Once… And Young, written by General Hal Moore and Joseph Galloway. For those who have not yet heard of Rescorla, 9-11 was not the first time Rick had distinguished himself. 9-11 was just the last heroic chapter of his heroic life.

He helped to evacuate people from the burning buildings after the planes crashed into them, and after evacuating all he could, re-entered the building to help evacuate others. In returning to the collapsing, burning buildings to rescue others, he sealed his own fate.

Check out the video, on the Rick Rescorla memorial website. It's a truly chilling example of foreshadowing, The Voice of the Prophet is an interview with Rick Rescorla, the head of security for the investment firm Morgan Stanley Dean Witter. Filmed on the 44th floor of the World Trade Center in 1998, Rescorla details the future of warfare long before Osama bin Laden became America’s Most Wanted.

A retired Army colonel, veteran of combat in three wars and a survivor of the 1993 bombing of the twin towers (in which he saved the lives of hundreds of Morgan Stanley employees), Rescorla was killed in the WTC attacks of September 11, 2001. In this interview, Rescorla all but predicts the events that lead up to the September 11 attack and the war on terrorism that followed. The opera was created based on his story and in his memory. It's a healthy trend and therapeutic to see an opera rising from the ruins of the 9/11 attack, an opera that memorializes the hero who gave his life to save many others from the burning, falling buildings.

What: Vietnam veteran Rick Rescorla died saving others on Sept. 11, 2001. This San Francisco Opera production explores this hero's life, his central friendship, his love and the political significance of his story.

When: 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10th at 8:00 p.m. and Sept. 27 and 30; 2 p.m. Sept. 18 and 24, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 13 and 21. Check out the times and days at the War Memorial Opera House website.

Where: War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco

Tickets: $24-$263

AnneHart is based in Sacramento, California, United States of America, and is an Anchor on Allvoices.
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